The past few years have seen an erosion of trust between the police and the general public. This is not the first time this has occurred in US history, but is a “current issue” that continues to make news. This is a good time to look at how we “measure police effectiveness”.
After reading this article provide your response to the following questions:
a. Compare and contrast “Lawful/Effective Policing” and what the author calls “Rightful Policing”.
b. Which do yo think is the best way to measure our law enforcement system in the US? Explain in detail.
Answer each part of the Discussion Question thoroughly and substantively, citing sources for any assertions.
The Good Cop: Knowing the Difference Between Lawful or Effective Policing and Rightful Policing – And Why it Matters
This article covers the concept of rightful policing in America. It deals with procedural justice and fairness of police conduct, focusing on “analyses of the differences between rightful policing, lawful policing, and efficient policing. Crime-fighting effectiveness and the laws which regulate police conduct are addressed, along with remedies, crime reduction efforts, and American constitutional law. The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is also examined.” Not exclusive to policing, these concepts are transferable to other criminal justice agencies and should be reviewed with that orientation.